China’s pork imports in June continued to increase, bringing the country to 126,269 tons of fresh and frozen pork in the first half of 2011, an increase of 43.39% compared with the same time in 2010.

Over half of the imported pork was from the U.S., according to customs statistics. Overall U.S. pork exports increased 16% compared with 2010, to 916,763 tons in the first five months of 2011, mainly caused by the rising imports from China, Korea and Japan.

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In meeting China’s demand, Denmark’s pork exports also increased, by 6%, from January to April compared with the same time in 2010.